OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

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the app that makes anyone a manga character
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cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
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